Just like me, I am sure that you too might have been curious to know more about the word “Unconference”. I guess this is exactly what the team at HRInteract wanted to achieve. Well, they did manage to connect and engage with over 150+ HR Professionals.
So coming back to the term Unconferences , its often used variations on the format/method developed by Harrison Owen in 1985. Owen’s 1993 book Open Space Technology: a User’s Guide discussed many of the techniques now associated with unconferences, although his book does not use that term.
#DidYouKnow : The term “unconference” first appeared in an announcement for the annual XML developers conference in 1998.
It was my first time to attend such an Unconference and it was worth it. Great to see 150+ passionate HR folks in one big room suggesting topics and discussing it with each-other. The format was unique, as each topic had a board owner and the participants could move around and contribute on each of the topics around the room.
The USP of this was that HRInteract team would then come up with a book that would be co authored by each of the 150+ HR professionals present in the room. Yes, you read it right. A book that will be published by the community and for the community.
In case you want to actually see glimpses of the event, here you go : https://goo.gl/MW6z9A
Would be great to know your views on this interesting way to connect and participate. You can also follow HRInteract on Twitter.
#DIDYOUKNOW : The Graphics Interchange Format, better known by its acronym GIF (/dʒɪf/ JIF or /ɡɪf/ GHIF), is a bitmap image format that was developed by a team at the bulletin board service (BBS) provider CompuServe led by American computer scientist Steve Wilhite on June 15, 1987. It has since come into widespread usage on the World Wide Web due to its wide support and portability.
No doubt they are popular, no doubt we use it regularly while communicating with our friends. Recently my friend Ashish Peshave tweeted that LinkedIn has added GIF in the message box. Hence thought of writing this blog post. Thanks Buddy for the news 🙂
So coming back to the question… can HR folks leverage GIF’s to communicate with candidates? You might think “Why on earth would a candidates like to see a GIF from HR?” Time to walk the talk. Out Hiring Champs at Tieto have created a series of GIF’s around various Domains that they are hiring for. Hence these creative GIF’s were shared with the prospective candidates and also on Corporate Social Media Channels. And guess what; also to the once which have been offered. Yes, you read it right. Offered Candidates.
The Impact: Most of them replied back thanking the recruiter for sharing information about the areas, domains, skills etc they will be working on. This helped them to also share it with their friends who were working on similar domain/ skills.
- Short Duration has a positive impact – 20 – 30 seconds
- Easy to share (Not a heavy file)
- Can be shared via Whatsapp (Biggest advantage)
So, can HR folks leverage GIF’s? The straight answer is YES. This is just one of the example of how GIF’s can be leveraged by HR folks. Here are few more examples:
- A GIF can be sent to Drop Out Candidates
- Alumni (Ex- Employees)
- Prospective Candidates
- Thank you note to walk-in candidates
- Key HR policies to be converted in GIF’s for employees / external candidates
- And the list is endless…..
It all depends how who and what messaging you want to convey via GIF’s.
Here are the few GIF’s for external communication:
Do you want to work with a company that both challenges and cares? https://goo.gl/nEUnSi
Tieto is the leading healthcare and welfare IT provider in the Nordics, with over 40 years of Nordic well-being expertise : https://goo.gl/73rdRL
#DidYouKnow Tieto is #1 cloud service provider in the Nordics : https://goo.gl/rGHcNN
Looking forward to your views around probably a new way to communicate. What say?
This is the 4th year of Asia’s biggest HR Tech Conference is back aka #SHRMTech18. Was fortunate to attend #SHRMTECH16 and #SHRMTECH17. Just like both the years, this year too it will be an amazing event filled with passionate HR folks.
Here are a few highlights of what to expect at #SHRMTech18
- Interact with 1100+ HR & Technology Professional
- Listen to 70+ Global Speakers
- 25+ Demos & Knowledge Sessions conducted by Industry Thought Leaders
- 400+ Organizations
- 150+ CHRO’s, CXO’s, CTO’s and CIO’s under one roof
Having said that, this is what I am looking forward to explore at #SHRMTech18
1) Key Note Address by Vineet Nayar , as he will be sharing his experiences and expert views on how technology can bring about transformation in workplaces for not just HR professionals but also to multiple stakeholders.
2) Mark Riley’s session around Humans vs Machines. I am sure you would be keen to know more about it. Well, all you need to do is either attend the event or follow #SHRMTech18 on Twitter
3) Panel Discussion | Women in Tech: Time to Lead the Way! Enough said. You just can’t miss this one.
4) Enhanced Employee Experience. This one is close to my heart.
5) Panel Discussion around Chatbots, VR and AR go to Work! Are you excited already??
6) List of Top 30 Indian HR Influencers on Social Media. Check out the previous list right here: SHRMTech17
8) What’s Internet of Things (IoT) got to do with HR and People?
9) SHRM Big Debate | The Future of HR in a Tech Driven World! Is there or isn’t there?
10) To gain insights for the HR leaders at the event and meet Twitter Friends 🙂
Are you excited already? Well, you can explore more about the event on http://www.shrmtech.org and don’t forget to catch all the action on Twitter too, just follow #SHRMTech18
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There are HR events and more HR events. I am sure you would have attended many of them. Recently was fortunate to attend a HR Event that was organized by a bunch of passionate HR champs. The idea was about Co – Creating an “Empowered HR Community”. So, lets go ahead with some of the unique points that make this community different from others.
1) To foster fellowship amongst HR practitioners from varied Industry backgrounds.
2) To enhance professional development by interactive sharing sessions and experiential learning related to HR by accomplished professionals / leaders.
3) To acquire and continuously develop new knowledge and skills related to HR through research of latest technologies and best practices demonstrated by organizations
4) To co-operate with educational and research institutions in developing schemes of instruction in HR principles and practice, stimulating student participation in HR & management education and in the activities of HR Interact.
The Key Note Speaker of the event was Divyanshu Ganatra aka India’s first blind solo paraglider. Yes, you read it right. The audience was spell bound for almost 40 mins when Mr Ganatra took the stage. His experiences right from his struggle days to the moments when he became India’s first blind solo paraglider, to the moment when people said “How can blind people use or learn computers”, to “how it took him 7 years to find an instructor, but just 5 days to learn paragliding” One must be present in the room to hear him speak with such passion and conviction.
Post this inspiring key note from Divyanshu, it was time for the Mentor Mr Adi Raheja, a facilitator who is driven by the passion to enable individuals and organisations to discover their best selves. He does this through his writings, experiential workshops, inclusive consulting and group process facilitation. He introduced an interesting concept known as “World Cafe” A world café or knowledge café is a structured conversational process for knowledge sharing in which groups of people discuss a topic at several tables, with individuals switching tables periodically and getting introduced to the previous discussion at their new table by a “table host”.
Explore some interesting snapshots of this event. Always great to see 150 + passionate HR professionals participating and co – creating an empowered community.
For those who missed the event can explore the amazing insights right here : https://twitter.com/HR_interact
Good Luck to Team HR Interact : Dinesh Gupta, Sunil Kashikar, Sudesh Verma, Parag Mehta, Viju Gangadharan, Jashan Joshi, Anshuman Mukherjee, Sheben Rawat, Manish Pipalwa.
Looking forward to your views around HR Communities and how can we leverage it to make our HR community more engaged and empowered.
Yes, you read it right – There is no provision on paternity leave in Indian labour law for private sector workers. On the other hand All India and Central Civil Services Rules allow Central government employees 15 days of paternity leave. This also extends to cases where a child has been adopted.
Off lately there has been a news that if the Paternity Benefit Bill, 2017 goes through, fathers will be able to get paternity leave extendable up to three months. Member of Parliament from Maharashtra, Rajeev Satav, did quote in Business Today, “Child care is the joint responsibility of both parents. They must devote time to the newborn to ensure its proper well-being,”
a) The Swedes are entitled to 480 combined days of paid parental leave—240 for mom and 240 for dad.
b) In the US, there is no federally-mandated paid parental leave
c) In Norway, parents are entitled to 46 weeks at full salary, or 56 weeks at 80% pay.
d) Germany : Father or mother can take up to 52 weeks of parental leave with a minimum of 2 months for each parent. If both parents take at least 2 months, the leave is extended up to 60 weeks
e) Iceland : Father is entitled to up to 6 months leave, of which 3 months are mandatory. During this period of leave they are paid 80% of their normal pay.
f) Spain : Fathers are entitled to 30 days of paid leave.
So now that you have a good background of the topic, lets shift our attention to the ground reality of what some of the companies have to offer for fathers (Following data is collected via various news articles and information which is publicly available. In case you want to add / edit, do feel free to do so in the interest of the readers)
Amazing numbers right!!! The range is from 1 day to 52 weeks. Would be interesting to see how would be landscape change if and when the law passes in parliament for granting 3 months leave.
Would be great to know your views on this topic and also if you want to add / edit any companies, do feel free to comment on this blog. As this is a sheet that we will keep updating for the benefit of the readers.
- WhatsApp Groups : NoJargon, HR Forum
There has been a lot of buzz about Health & Wellness. Some weeks back I feel fortunate to be part of a Tweet Chat organized by Life and Money and that did give me a fantastic opportunity to make some research on this important, however most of the time overlooked topic and gain my interest. You can follow #LnMChat on Twitter for more conversations around this topic.
Meanwhile, here are some insights that did help me learn more about why is Health & Wellness so important and need self-attention.
- Indian wellness sector is at INR 500 billion and it is expected to hit the mark of $1 trillion by 2020.
- In India, diabetic nephropathy is expected to develop in 6.6 million of the 30 million patients suffering from diabetes
- Number of people with hypertension was 118.2 million in 2000 to 213.5 million by 2025
Some of us would say that this data is an eye-opener and we need to do something about it. Well, it’s great to see corporates doing their bit towards encouraging employees to take Health & Wellness seriously. Did see lot of action at Tieto that were in the right direction to encourage and inspire employees to work towards their Health & Wellness area. Some of them includes:
- Regular participation and sponsoring Marathons, Inter sports competitions
- Free Annual Health Checkup for all employees
- Fitness Challenge across the company and encourage employees to track their steps
- Gym Kit as a annual gift to all employees
- Regular Health Tips
- Tieto has Launched a dedicate Employee Assistance Program that includes; Counselling & Coaching, Online Self Help Tools, Diet and Nutrition Services, Critical Incident Stress Management for employees
It’s also a great opportunity for us as employees to also leverage such programs. Health & Wellness is not just the responsibility of corporates, nevertheless it’s our responsibility to take care of our health. Would be great to also know and learn how is your company promoting and encouraging Health & Wellness programs.
PS: Organizations are going great length to support health & wellness but if individuals are not participating then it is just another initiative which would vanish soon.
All it takes is just Red or Green button to get insights around employee morale. One set of folks would be more keen to talk about Systems, AI, Machine Learning, High End Gadgets etc to track and measure employees morale. Whereas the other set of folks might want something which is easy, simple and effective.
Well, if you are looking for the 2nd option, this might be something that you would like to explore. During some research assignment around how to gauge employees morale, in simple words the mood of employees, I landed on this interesting site : Celpax .They have a simple yet strong mission, a mission to make it as easy as possible for all employees to participate in improving the workplace. This is where they caught my attention and I happened to order the device and get a feel of it. PS: The 1st device is FREE. You read it right, FREE.
So the device did travel across the world; it came all the way from Barcelona to Germany to Amsterdam to Mumbai and then finally Pune 🙂 And to make things interesting there was a personalized note too in the box (Contains Device, Collaterals, How to Install Note) PS: It did take around 3 mins to install the device.
Now that the system is on, it will be interesting to see what insights can be recorded. For folks who are totally into DATA, there is a dashboard that you get access to. This is the place where in you get Mood KPI information, weekly data, trends, days wise participation etc.
So, what are you waiting for, go ahead and explore this simple, easy and effective way to involve your employees and put a smile on their face (Hopefully a Green Button 🙂 )
Would be great to also know your views on this interesting way to improve your workplace aka happiness quotient.
The results are out!!! It’s time to uncover some interesting insights around the world famous keyword aka “Jargon”. I am sure we have all used it in some or the form, forums, events, workplace, outside workplace and so on 🙂 This is a small attempt to capture the pulse and thoughts of folks who are exposed to the world of Jargons. They could be folks who have used it or were at receiving end of a Jargon.
So, enough of gyan. Let’s look at the results.
I am sure by now you would agree that Jargons are everywhere. It’s a choice to use it or not. But would be great to know your views, inputs, suggestions, reactions around these results.